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Just in case you still think the news is real.
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Lorry driving is a career most women don't even consider - but the job no longer requires brute strength and some women say love it.
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"Perhaps it was the spirit of the time and the place that affected me. But I assure you no occurrence of any of my other battlefields impressed me so keenly. I halted on my tour to gaze on the spectacle, and to reflect on its meaning.  //  This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears. And by what? By the grief of one dog. I am certain that at the instant I felt more ready than at any other time to show mercy toward a supliant foeman. I could understand just then the tinge of mercy which led Achilles to yield the corpse of his enemy, Hector, to the weeping Priam." — Napoléon Bonaparte
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Ostracod Fireworks

When an ostracod is swallowed, it emits a burst of light, making the cardinal fish spit it out.

"They've been called fish fireworks, and their glowing displays are like nighttime light shows on the water. Ostracods are a very old species of crustacean with a trait called bioluminescence. That's a fancy way of saying they light up, like fireflies. But unlike fireflies, ostracods have extracellular bioluminescence. They shoot light out of their bodies and into the water. The behavior is part mating ritual, part defense mechanism.

There are ostracods in every world ocean that are luminescent, but only in the Carribbean do you find these ones that have these complex patterns, and it's probably related to the closing of the Panama Isthmus about 3 million years ago. It could startle their predators visually, or it could actually bring in the predator of their attacker, which is called the burglar alarm effect.

In this gif the tiny ostracod is almost eaten by the much larger fish, but the cardinal fish spits the ostracod out once the ostracod begins to emit light. Exactly why this causes the cardinal fish to spit the ostracods isn't known, but there are theories."

✪ Source:
http://kcur.org/post/tiny-glow-dark-crustaceans-gain-notoriety-ku-biologist#stream/0

✪ Watch the BBC short clip here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28838200

✪ And some info about Crustaceans:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crustacean

✪✪✪ HT: +Magnus Fahlén  Thanks! ✪✪✪
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bison skulls, sometime in the 1870s
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Made in 1938
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Hachikō cut his paw pretty badly, so +Gamble Nelkin​ brought her doggy first aid kit over. Hopefully he won't need stitches — we really don't have time for this right now! [EDIT: never mind, going to the emergency room… ugh]
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Thanks +Heather Kennedy, yes.
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He hates these cans! Stay away from the cans! It's the timeless story of a man who was born a poor black child… Steve Martin…
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Aside from my room, the whole house is like this. The dogs like chasing each other around the plastic-covered couches and tables kicking up dust and making loud claw-on-cardboard sounds. They have to share the bed with me again (before they would crash on the couch for the night watch and then get in bed with me after I fell asleep) and Bolik and I both end up petting Hachikō while I watch TV at night.
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